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Anger; The tip of the Iceberg?

Anger is one of the most basic human emotions that can be observed overtly. It is almost as elemental as happiness, sadness and fear. These feelings are attached to fundamental endurance and were sharpened through the span of human history. 

Anger can be of three types; Passive, Assertive and Open.

Passive Aggression

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Showcasing anger in an indirect manner can be termed as passive-aggression. Passive-aggressive people regularly show resistance to requests or demands from family and other individuals often by procrastinating, expressing sullenness, acting stubborn being silent or even by just not turning up.

Open Aggression

Lashing out, either physically or verbally, sometimes both can be termed as open anger.

Assertive Aggression

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This is all about progressing from an angry state towards more assertive behaviour. Click here to know how you can practice assertive communication.

Anger is identified with the “fight, flight, or freeze” reaction of the sympathetic nervous system. Be that as it may, anger doesn’t only mean tossing punches; there might be some underlying feelings that might be playing an equal role in the behaviour of that individual. 

Anger may be fueled by different emotions at different times, or by a combination of emotions. Sometimes, however, anger is just anger.

It is possible that the anger might just be a reaction to what is happening underneath. The following worksheet contains some examples of feelings that might be the driving factor behind your anger.

Try filling in the above worksheet and do let me know in the comments below if they helped.






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